Are you feeling the blues because the trails are covered in snow and it’s too cold to ride? Fear not, mountain bikers! The off-season is the perfect time to focus on your fitness, skills, and mental well-being so you can hit the trails stronger and more confident than ever before. You could sit around watching videos of others enjoying rides when the weather was good or here are 8 ways that you can do to stay engaged, fit, and happy during the off-season.
Perhaps a friend cancelled on a hike last minute, there is no one free to go skiing that day, or maybe it is simply because experiencing the wilderness alone can be immensely therapeutic and powerful. There are many reasons why someone may want to go outdoors alone. Whether mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, or even rock climbing, you may one day find yourself venturing into the great outdoors with only the rustling of the wind through the trees and your footsteps in the dirt to give you company, if you are so lucky.
Years ago, my scout troop went to Moab, Utah to bike some of the amazing trails there, specifically the world famous Slickrock trail. I was 15 years old. I had an old, rickety bike that sent shockwaves through my body as I hit every bump. Even though the ride was uncomfortable, I fell in love with mountain biking. Mountain biking is something that has always been important to me ever since.
Tin foil dinners can be as easy or as difficult as you would like. For my family, we usually make these or prepare them before a camping trip. We believe that just because you’re going camping (or in our case, glamping) you don’t have to compromise a gourmet meal! These tin foil dinners take a little bit of home preparation, but will be worth the extra thirty minutes.
I had been invited to go on a hike up Mt. Timpanogos in Utah Valley, and I happily agreed. I liked to do the hikes surrounding my home, and throughout other random parts of Utah. I was excited by the thought of hiking a new place instead of returning to one of my regulars. I quickly realized after our arrival at the base of the mountain that this would not be like the “hikes” I was accustomed to.
“Wow that photo is incredible!” Jessica commented, as we scrolled through some old pictures on my phone. “Where was that taken? It looks like such a fun hike. Is it far from here? Could I take the kids with me?” “Umm…” I responded lamely. I wracked my brain for the answers to her questions and began to sweat. Was that in St George or Kanab? The trail’s name started with an S. I’m sure of it. Or was it a R? Jessica looked at me with expectant eyes, but I knew I would never be able to answer her questions.
Walmart’s objective is to offer affordable bikes. I believe that noble objective to be the biggest reason why people stop riding bikes. People buy affordable Walmart bikes but they never work well and quickly break down leaving them with what should be a good bike, but which they have no interest in riding. Is it possible to buy a good Walmart bike?
Summer camping is almost here! In the summer, I could spend every weekend next to a campfire with a s’more in one hand and a lemonade in the other. Camping is one of the best summer activities, but it helps to know what to include on your packing list besides your tent and sleeping bag. Here’s a list of some gear and other necessities I typically find myself needing when I camp.
Drifting on top of calm, glassy water while listening to the sounds of nature is overrated. Being in a canoe and feeling the sense of awe and wonder while you gently paddle down a river will bring you too much peace and contentment that you probably won’t enjoy it.
If you are looking to make the transition to climbing outdoors, you should be aware of the hazards that follow so you can always make wise climbing decisions.
Spring? Snow? Mud? It seems that no matter what the groundhog sees on February 2nd, the next two months are bound to be full of glimpses of spring and days of terrible weather. However, there are still ways to enjoy the more awkward times of the year.
Well dang it. I missed out. Do you ever get that feeling? That regret? I definitely have. Now I have been finding ways to make sure I don’t have any more in the future.
“Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live.” Mark Twain